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Magnetic Hill India, Pathar Sahib

Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib

Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib

In Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir state there is a hill near Gurudwara Pather Sahib called Magnetic Hill. This is the only hill in India which has magnetic effect in it . There is a very Big ground on this hill. The magnetic effect can be tested by switching off the engine of your vehicle, the vehicle will start moving in the upward side of sloping road.One can also experience the magnetic effect in shape of jerks while travelling by aeroplane, when the aeroplane crosses the magnetic Hill, the Pilot has to increase the speed of the aeroplane.

 

The first Guru of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev ji sat on this place while returning from Tibet to Punjab via Kashmir. The question arises in the mind of everyone why Guru Nanak Dev ji had selected the place near magnetic hill for meditation. It is a well known fact that how much Guru Nanak was environment friendly. The Guru Nanak Tree in Leh city is a live example of it. It seems there is a hidden relation between Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Pather Sahib. Every year a large number of tourists from all over the world visit at Magnetic Hill, all of them take Langer (meals) at Gurdwara Sahib.

 

In Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir state there is a hill near Gurudwara Pather Sahib called Magnetic Hill. This is the only hill in India which has magnetic effect in it . There is a very Big ground on this hill. The magnetic effect can be tested by switching off the engine of your vehicle, the vehicle will start moving in the upward side of sloping road. One can also experience the magnetic effect in shape of jerks while travelling by aeroplane, when the aeroplane crosses the magnetic Hill, the Pilot has to increase the speed of the aeroplane.The first Guru of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev ji sat on this place while returning from Tibet to Punjab via Kashmir.

 

The question arises in the mind of everyone why Guru Nanak Dev ji had selected the place near magnetic hill for meditation. It is a well known fact that how much Guru Nanak was environment friendly. The Guru Nanak Tree in Leh city is a live example of it. It seems there is a hidden relation between Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Pather Sahib. Every year a large number of tourists from all over the world visit at Magnetic Hill, all of them take Langer (meals) at Gurdwara Sahib.

Magnetic Hill, Some Videos (guys are bit funny..)

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, is a beautiful Gurudwara sahib constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level. The Gurdwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith.
During his lifetime Guru Nanak travelled to many distant places and one such place was Tibet. Guru Nanak is well respected by Tibetan Buddhists who consider him a saint; The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhists in Tibet, has confirmed this in his discussions with some Sikh leaders saying that Tibetans revere Guru Nanak as a Buddhist saint under the name of Guru Gompka Maharaj.

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, is a beautiful Gurudwara sahib constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level. The Gurdwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith.During his lifetime Guru Nanak travelled to many distant places and one such place was Tibet. Guru Nanak is well respected by Tibetan Buddhists who consider him a saint; The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhists in Tibet, has confirmed this in his discussions with some Sikh leaders saying that Tibetans revere Guru Nanak as a Buddhist saint under the name of Guru Gompka Maharaj.

The Rock thrown by demon towards Guru Nanak

The Rock thrown by demon towards Guru Nanak

View of the rock with impression

View of the rock with impression

Listening they learned that the pathar the road crew had been having so much trouble with was a ‘mould’ with a negative impression, of their revered Lama Nanak that contained a hollow imprint of his shoulders, head and backside. He was told that during the period of 1515-18 when Guru Nanak was returning to Punjab through Srinagar, after travelling to Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet, he had rested at this place. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev reached Leh via Sikkim, Nepal, Tibet and Yarkhand. Today the site and the Gurdwara that now covers the boulder is revered by both the local Lamas and Sikh sangat. Currently the Army is looking after the Gurdwara.

According to a local legend, once a wicked demon live in the area who terrorised the people where the gurdwara is now situated. The people prayed to the Almighty for help. It is said that Guru Nanak heard their woes and came to their aid. He settled down on the bank of the river below the hill where the wicked demon lived. The Guru blessed the people with sermons and became popular in the area. The locals called him Nanak Lama. Seeing this the demon got into a rage and decided to kill Guru Nanak Dev.

One morning when the Guru was sitting in meditation, the demon pushed a large pathar (boulder), down from the hilltop, with the intention of killing the Guru. The boulder gained speed as it rumbled down the hillside, but when it touched the Guru’s body, it softened like warm wax and came to a halt against Guru Nanak’s back. The Guru kept on meditating unhurt and undisturbed. Thinking that the Guru had been killed, the demon came down and was taken aback to see the Guru deep in meditation. In a fit of anger, he tried to push the boulder with his right foot, but as the pathar still had the softness of warm wax, his foot got embedded in it. Pulling his foot from the boulder the demon was dumfounded to see the impression his foot had just left in the stone.

Footprint in the rock

Footprint in the rock

Footprint in the rock

On seeing this, the demon realised his own powerlessness in comparison to the spiritual power of the great Guru. He fell at the feet of Guru Nanak Dev and begged for forgiveness. Guru Sahib advised him to get rid of his wicked ways and asked him to lead a life of a noble person. This changed the life of the demon, who gave up evil deeds and started serving the people.

Guru Nanak Dev thereafter continued his holy journey towards Srinagar via Kargil. The pathar pushed down by the demon, with the imprint of the body of Guru Nanak Dev and the footprint of the demon, is at present on display in Gurdwara Pathar Sahib. It is said that since the visit of Guru Sahib (in 1517) to the building of the roadway in 1965, the local Lamas had held the pathar sacred and offered prayers to it as, no doubt, they do to this day.

Location

To visit the gurdwara, one can take, a direct flight to Leh from New Delhi,JAMMU & SRINAGAR and stay in a hotel at Leh. To visit Leh by road there are two routes,one is via SRINAGAR {J&K} and the other is via MANALI{HP}.Both the roads are closed from November to May every year due to excessive snowfall and remain open from June to Oct. As Leh is located at a high altitude, one can have breathing problems due to the paucity of oxygen. Visitors are advised to consult their doctors and arrange proper woolen clothes before embarking on this journey as the temperature falls beyond -20 degree in Winter. The 25-km road from Leh to the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib is in good condition. Visitors can go by bus or taxi. The Gurdwara Sahib is located next to the main road near Magnetic Hill India.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Maharaj.

Guru Gobind Singh ji

Guru Gobind Singh ji, Maharaj

Guru Gobind Singh ji (Friday, January 5, 16661, in Patna, Bihar, India – Thursday, 21 October, 1708) was born “Gobind Rai” and was the tenth and last of the ten human form Gurus of Sikhism. He became Guru on November 24, 1675 at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of his father Guru Teg Bahadur ji.
Before Guru ji left his mortal body for his heavenly abode, he nominated Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS) as the next perpetual Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh molded the Sikh religion into its present shape, with the formation of the Khalsa fraternity and completion of the Guru Granth Sahib as we find it today, which some will say was his greatest act.

Guru Gobind Singh ji  (Friday, January 5, 16661, in Patna, Bihar, India – Thursday, 21 October, 1708) was born “Gobind Rai” and was the tenth and last of the ten human form Gurus of Sikhism. He became Guru on November 24, 1675 at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of his father Guru Teg Bahadur ji.Before Guru ji left his mortal body for his heavenly abode, he nominated Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS) as the next perpetual Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh molded the Sikh religion into its present shape, with the formation of the Khalsa fraternity and completion of the Guru Granth Sahib as we find it today, which some will say was his greatest act.

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